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Demo Derby

Demo Derby: Official Xbox Magazine 011

This episode has a rating of "DD" for stealth, bandicoots, Superman villains, and No Doubt interviews. And if that doesn't make you curious, we don't know what will.

The past and the present collide as Giant Bomb digs into the dark world of old demo discs.

Feb. 23 2016

Cast: Jeff, Drew, Dan

Posted by: Jason

313 Comments

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Hoping to see some Psi-Ops sometime.

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ive come for your finest demos!

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This should be good

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@pdxsonic said:

Hoping to see some Psi-Ops sometime.

Hoping to smell what The Rock is cooking.

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#Skate4

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Edited By afields101

OH DAMN!!! THIS IS IT GENTLEMEN the XBOX DEMO DISK DERBY WITH DREW AND DAN ALSO Jeff!

Drew should play some Timesplitters 2 on UPF

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Oh goodness, a DD rating? Now I have to watch.

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Oh Demo Derby, how I've longed for you

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Yesssssssssssss!

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TIMESPLITTERS 2 IS MY FAVORITE GAME. I can't wait to see this. I've been waiting years for these guys to actually play this fucking game on camera.

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YESSSS!!! I've been waiting for this all day. Demo Derby and Mario Party PARTY are the best thing about being a premium member!!!

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De-Mo Der-By (clap clap clap clap clap)

There's nothing quite as reminiscent of that period of my gaming childhood between 1998 and 2003 as this feature, by Gar, I'm glad to have it

Also, seeing even Jeff stumble across proper retro naming conventions for the Xbox makes me feel not so alone

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Edited By Ketonic

Was browsing the internet, saw that new Demo Derby video is online--CLOSE ALL OTHER TABS MUST WATCH DEMO DERBY

Thanks for doing another one, Giant Bombers, love seeing this stuff

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"wow, this is sensitive and they are fast"

there's another for a dan out of context compilation

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Now I remember why I never got past the first level in TS2, those controls were awful! It was worse because I was playing it on the GameCube whose controller probably wasn't the best for first person shooters. I wouldn't mind an updated version though.

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I knew I stayed up to late for a reason.

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A few more of these, and GB will have quicklooked my entire childhood. And then I can die a happy man.

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I'm here for the No Doubt interview.

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"Who buys an Xbox and doesn't get Halo?"

Got mine for Jet Set Radio Future...still got Halo later though.

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@bill_mcneal: Really? i played it on GameCube and I thought it had the best controls of any console FPS -- to the point that I can't enjoy Halo, or any other console shooter, because they don't control like Timesplitters 2. I need that limp-wristed gun hand, I guess. To this day, I can only play mouse and keyboard if it ain't Timesplitters.

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"wow, this is sensitive and they are fast"

there's another for a dan out of context compilation

Add it to http://danryckertjustsaid.tumblr.com/ !

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^_^

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@rawbit said:

@bill_mcneal: Really? i played it on GameCube and I thought it had the best controls of any console FPS -- to the point that I can't enjoy Halo, or any other console shooter, because they don't control like Timesplitters 2. I need that limp-wristed gun hand, I guess. To this day, I can only play mouse and keyboard if it ain't Timesplitters.

Yeah, personal preference and all but I absolutely hated the control scheme. I'm sure if I tried it again today I'd probably be better at it.

Also

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Crash Bandicoot is basically Skinny Mario.

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Man, putting Timesplitters 2 on the same disc as fucking Halo is just not fair to Timesplitters. Really shows how outdated that series was at the time.

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Man, fuck Cryo.

Jesus.

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Edited By ALavaPenguin

I love these I am also really glad that Jeff started being part of these.

The early ones without him are great too, but he adds SO much.

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http://www.lawrence.com/news/2008/nov/22/review-crash-mind-over-mutant-360/

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@hatking: TimeSplitters 2 is the best console shooter of all time.

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This quokka selfie thing is maybe my favorite thing I've ever seen. Holy shit those things are amazingly cute.

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How could you guys not remember Joe Besser in Three Stooges chat?

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Quokka selfies are actually pretty neat!

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Nah, Dan. The first Timesplitters was the peak, man.

EDIT: Aw, come on man. Crash Bandicoot was good.

EDIT: Oh, he means a specific game. Yeah Wrath was probably the last good one.

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@bill_mcneal: Except as you may have saw, the control scheme is entirely customizable. You can make down on the d-pad shoot if you like.

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@drewbert I was thinking Cortana sounded off right before you mentioned it.

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Quokkas are great, but there's two k's so it's Quok-kah not Quo-ka.

It's not entirely true that they don't have any natural predators though, and they do exist on the mainland, it's just wild foxes and cats have destroyed most of the mainland population leaving Rottnest Island relatively untouched.

EDIT: In an interesting coincidence, I was just using a copy of Superman: Red Son under my keyboard as vibration isolation. It's alright? The story is w/e but it's fun romp to see the weird soviet redesigns of DC characters.

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"The burn victim from that Mr. Show sketch", fuckin deep cuts

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I love Demo Derby! Yes I do!

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Gwen Stefani's styyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle!

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Nice! I was just thinking it's been awhile since the last Demo Derby.

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TimeSplitters 2 was possibly my favorite console shooter of all time.

ICE STATION FOR LIFE.

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I know what I'm doing for the rest of the night

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Jeff reading Superman villain names is the best.

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At first I'd thought Dan must've changed Timesplitters 2's control scheme to something dumb, but then I remembered that the original Xbox controller didn't have four buttons on the top, instead opting for those ridiculous white and black buttons. I know you can customize the controls, but man, the Xbox version of that game is not the way to go. Yikes.

(Also am I alone in kind of liking that aim scheme that doesn't stay centered on the screen? I always felt far better at aiming with those than in modern games).

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#Timesplitters4

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Bought Wrath of Cortex for PS2 last year when I bought the console and oh god, it just felt like a soulless copy of the original games. Almost like those unity/unreal engine made demos of the first Crash you see around.

...and COME ON, don't talk over the terrible voiceacting in Spiderman!

...and for the second time, dat Hitman 2 footage! It's like Dan would've played the game!

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I think that Superman has historically been incredibly popular because he is a symbol of hope and that everything will be ok. He exists as kind of an all powerful, humble guardian, an archetype that people have enjoyed since time immemorial.

This also makes him sort of boring as a character when you just look at him from the outside. The only real way to tell a good, interesting story with him in a modern way is for him to have to deal with problems not easily solved with force, have internal struggles, or deal with socio-political issues.

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This was an awesome Demo Derby; but man, do I not care for Halo... Never have, never will - most boring game franchise for me.